This park covers an area of 5,072 sq km and is one of the oldest as well as most protected game reserves. It’s located at the northern end of the Albertine rift valley and named after the breath-taking spectacular waterfall on river Nile. It has received so many notable visitors like Winston Churchill who was followed by Theodore Roosevelt in 1909 during a hunting safari.
It’s also bisected by the Victoria Nile racing down 80km of white water rapids before joining the remnant rift valley at murchisionfalls.
The area is with the adjoining Karuma and Bugungu wild life reserves. It can be accessed by road through different routes to reach Paraa Park headquarters. You can use Air with the daily flight from Entebbe airport or the chattered aircrafts from Kajansi airfield to Pakuba only 19km north west of Para and south of Bugungu.
The most commonly used route is that Kampala via Masindi town about 300km taking 4-5 hours and the route is considered to be the shortest and most convenient for its 175 km tarmac and 125km murram.
The unique Murchison falls and the river Nile with is hippos, crocodiles on the sandbanks and a couple of other species, coming down to drink and bathe.
There are activities like;
- Game drives
- Bird watching chimpanzee tracking
- Top of the falls
- Launch trip to bottom of falls
This park has got a lot of accommodation facilities from camping and traditional bandaas at Paraa rest camp to the luxury of Paraa safari lodge.
There is the most recently furnished, the Cobe safari lodge a five star hotel.
The Nile safari camp
In Masindi, the Masindi hotel.
Court view hotel
Sambiya river lodge.
The Nile river camp.
The Karuma Falls campsite
Busingiro Ecotourism site
Then the Kaniyo-Pabidi ecotourism site